Why Do Pets Matter? Hosted by Debra Hamilton, Esq.
Tom Van Winkle - Hinsdale Humane Society on ”Why Do Pets Matter?” hosted by Debra Hamilton EP #185

Tom Van Winkle - Hinsdale Humane Society on ”Why Do Pets Matter?” hosted by Debra Hamilton EP #185

September 30, 2021

Tom Van Winkle, CEO and Executive Director of the Hinsdale Humane Society in Chicagoland, IL joins us during this episode of "Why Do Pets Matter?". He's chatting with us about how pets and their potential people are screened for adoption, the language you need to use when you're screening, how to help people foster animals, and helping our deploying servicemen and women find a home for their pets when they deploy.

More About Tom

Tom Van Winkle brings more than 20 years of animal welfare industry experience to his position as Executive Director of HHS since 2017. Beginning with his early experience as a volunteer and board member of a small humane society in 1997, Tom also served as executive director for a humane society in the Chicago suburbs in 2005. 

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Illinois and an MBA in Finance from Loyola University. Tom credits his upbringing in a family filled with compassion as a source of constant inspiration as he guides HHS to become one of the premier animal shelters in the country.


Connect With Tom

Email: tom.vanwinkle@hinsdalehumanesociety.org
Phone: 630-323-5630 x11


About Hinsdale Humane Society

The Hinsdale Humane Society operates the Pet Rescue and Resource Center which serves the entire Chicagoland region. The primary focus of their mission is to eradicate animal homelessness by providing a temporary safe haven for homeless animals until a forever family can be located and operating programs to keep pets from becoming homeless in the first place. 

They accomplish their mission in many ways including pet adoptions, low-cost spay/neuter services for other rescues, humane education, pet therapy, and obedience classes. Their experienced staff can help you find a new family member or assist with issues your current pet may be experiencing.

The most important part of our job is to repair and strengthen the bond between humans and their pets. We believe in a humane world for all living beings.

Connect With The Hinsdale Humane Society

Website: https://www.hinsdalehumanesociety.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HinsdaleHumaneSociety

Karolynne McAteer -  Choosing The Right Dog For You - A Breeder‘s Perspective on ”Why Do Pets Matter?” hosted by Debra Hamilton EP #184

Karolynne McAteer - Choosing The Right Dog For You - A Breeder‘s Perspective on ”Why Do Pets Matter?” hosted by Debra Hamilton EP #184

September 16, 2021

My good friend, colleague and fellow Irish Setter breeder, Karolynne McAteer, joins us during this episode of "Why Do Pets Matter?" to share her 40 years of expertise and experience about purebred dogs and what everyone needs to know about choosing the right dog bred from them. 

She very generously shares information about how dogs are bred, what's important to breeders - especially preservationist breeders, how the way we live with our companion animals has shifted over the years and how that shift has become really apparent during the COVID epidemic. 


More About Karolynne:

Karolynne was born into Irish Setters and has never been without one at the foot of her bed. Today her dogs compete in Conformation and in the Field.

Born in Boston, raised in Bermuda, and educated in the U.S., she graduated from college with a major in English and a minor in Broadcast Journalism.

She is a second-generation Irish Setter breeder, starting as a junior handler, exhibitor of the family dog, breeder, breeder of merit, breeder/judge, and now AKC judge of the Sporting Group and Field Trials.

Karolynne sits on the Board of the Irish Setter Club of America and is the AKC Delegate to the breed.

Additionally, Karolynne sits on the Board of the American Kennel Club and several of its entities.

Karolynne directs daytime streaming at the AKC National Championship and for Westminster Kennel Club.

She is also the Director for Public Relations at Assisi Animal Health, a science-based company committed to improving life’s journey for animals, their owners and veterinary professionals.

When not dealing with something that barks, she can be found conjuring up something good in the kitchen.

AKC Canine Health Foundation:


Gary Friedman - High Conflict and Pets:  Mediation Is A Better Way Out on ”Why Do Pets Matter?” hosted by Debra Hamilton EP #183

Gary Friedman - High Conflict and Pets: Mediation Is A Better Way Out on ”Why Do Pets Matter?” hosted by Debra Hamilton EP #183

September 9, 2021

Gary Friedman, one of my dearest mentors and co-director of The Center of Understanding in Conflict joins us for this episode of "Why Do Pets Matter?"

We're talking about pets and how mediation can be exceptionally beneficial when people are in conflict over a pet, what it takes to have a successful experience with mediation, and how mediation can help people move from a right or wrong, high conflict situation to a conversation that leads them to a better resolution for their dispute while preserving their future relationship.

About Gary J. Friedman

Gary Friedman has been practicing law as a mediator with Mediation Law Offices in Mill Valley, California since 1976.

Prior to his work as a mediator, he practiced law as a trial lawyer with Friedman and Friedman in Bridgeport, Connecticut. After several years as an advocate, he sought a new approach to resolving disputes through increasing the participation of the parties in the resolution of their differences. At that time, he and his colleague, Jack Himmelstein, began to develop the Understanding-based model that is now practiced extensively in the United States and Europe. As one of the first lawyer mediators and a primary force in the current mediation movement, he has used this model to complete over one thousand mediations in the last two decades, including numerous two-party and multi-party disputes in the commercial and non-profit realms, in the area of intellectual property, real estate, corporate, personnel, partnership formations and dissolutions, and family law.

Through the Center for Mediation in Law, Gary has trained lawyers, law professors and judges in the Center’s method of mediation and a mediative approach to lawyering and collaborative practice. Since l989, he has been training lawyers, judges and psychotherapists in the United States, Europe, and Israel. He has taught courses in negotiation and mediation at Stanford University Law School and the New College of Law and has taught at Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation and at the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva.

Gary has written extensively about mediation and conflict resolution and is the author of A Guide to Divorce Mediation, (Workman Publishing, l993) and is the co-author, with Jack Himmelstein, of Challenging Conflict: Mediation Through Understanding (published by the American Bar Association and Harvard’s Program on Negotiation, 2008).


Connect With Gary:





High Conflict: Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out  by Amanda Ripley

A Guide to Divorce Mediation: How to Reach a Fair, Legal Settlement at a Fraction of the Cost

Challenging Conflict: Mediation Through Understanding

Dr. Marty Greer, DVM, JD - Your Pandemic Puppy on “Why Do Pets Matter?” hosted by Debra Hamilton #182

Dr. Marty Greer, DVM, JD - Your Pandemic Puppy on “Why Do Pets Matter?” hosted by Debra Hamilton #182

August 19, 2021

Dr. Marty Greer, DVM, JD, joins us during this episode of "Why Do Pets Matter?" She's a fantastic veterinarian, repro-vet, attorney, and breeder.

During the height of the pandemic, she wrote "Your Pandemic Puppy" -- a book covering your puppy's physical and mental well-being, as well as training and veterinary care. And, she also started a drive-thru vet practice called "Checkout Veterinary." 

She's very generously sharing information pet owners everywhere might find helpful during our conversation. 

More About Dr. Marty Greer

Dr. Greer received her Bachelor of Science in 1978 and her DVM in 1981 from Iowa State University

She has a particular interest in Pediatrics and Reproduction. In 2002, she opened a Canine Semen Freezing Center, International Canine Semen Bank – Wisconsin (ICSB-WI/IL).

During her first attempt at using extended semen, she bred the practice's first litter of pups from frozen semen in 1998. 

She and her family raise and show Pembroke Welsh Corgis and Danish Swedish Farmdogs. They have raised 5 puppies for Canine Companions for Independence, a service dog organization.

Her practice has contributed to pharmaceutical and nutritional research as an investigator for Abbott Laboratory, Deprenyl Animal Health, PfizerVirbac, and Hill's Pet food Corporation. She has also been featured in articles in Veterinary Economics.

In 2010, she graduated from Marquette Law School. She practices law part-time with her law partner, Attorney Sheila Kessler, at Animal Legal Resources LLC.

In 2014, she wrote Canine Reproduction and Neonatology, a 470-page book about everything reproduction which was the Winner of Dog Writers Association of America's Dogwise Best Book Award.

In 2019 she became certified as a Fear Free professional. 

And, in 2020, she wrote Your Pandemic Puppy, which explains how to raise a well-adjusted puppy during a pandemic.


She is an active community member of AVMANEWVMAAAVSBAPDTAAFPSVMEThe Society for Theriogenology, the Fond du Lac Kennel ClubThe Kettle Moraine Kennel Club, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of AmericaLakeshore Pembroke Welsh Corgi Kennel Club, and the Lomira Area Chamber of Commerce.

And, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Society for Veterinary Medical EthicsAmerican Veterinary Medical Law Association, and the Society for Theriogenology. She served on the Animal Welfare Committee and Education Committee for the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association. She is also president of the National Animal Interest Alliance.

She recently started working with Revival Animal Health as their Director of Vet Services. 

Connect with Marty:








Get The Book - Your Pandemic Puppy 



Karis Nafte - Pet Custody Specialist - Why Do Pets Matter During A Divorce? on “Why Do Pets Matter?” hosted by Debra Hamilton #181

Karis Nafte - Pet Custody Specialist - Why Do Pets Matter During A Divorce? on “Why Do Pets Matter?” hosted by Debra Hamilton #181

July 1, 2021

My good friend and colleague, Karis Nafte, returns to "Why Do Pets Matter?" this week. She is a certified dog behavior consultant and a mediator. Karis is the BEST pet custody specialist you could ever hope to work with if you have pets and are getting divorced.


We work very closely together because we both understand that divorcing with pets is an emotional experience that often needs assistance to navigate through. 


Today, we are taking a look at three common speed bumps couples often hit when divorcing with animals:


1. Humanizing the animal

2. Weaponizing the animal

3. Bargaining with the animal


About Karis Nafte: 

Animals are not possessions, nor are they children. They fall into their own unique category that requires a delicate and considered approach when it comes to the issue of custody. For couples who are divorcing and have pets, Karis provides a specialized service offering expert guidance about custody decisions for their dogs, cats, and other companion animals.


Karis brings twenty-five years of experience as a professional animal behaviorist; she provides a neutral, supportive position between the separating couple while keeping the animal's perspective in the forefront. Even for couples working amicably through their divorce, the emotional component surrounding beloved pets can complicate matters.


To learn more about Karis and the work she does, please visit 

https://whokeepsthedog.com/, and listen to her first interview on "Why Do Pets Matter?" 


You can also find her on: 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/karisnafte/


LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karis-nafte-b4b9b81a6/

Clinic To 5K — RunVetRun.com with Dr. Cindy Trice and Dr. Juli Goldstein on “Why Do Pets Matter?” hosted by Debra Hamilton  #180

Clinic To 5K — RunVetRun.com with Dr. Cindy Trice and Dr. Juli Goldstein on “Why Do Pets Matter?” hosted by Debra Hamilton #180

June 10, 2021

While COVID cooped up many people in their homes, veterinary professionals have been in the hospitals, clinics, and field caring for animals. For veterinary professionals, the "COVID 20" means something different -- it's the extra 20 animals they squeezed in for an exam on any given day!


Working in a highly demanding and giving profession comes with a high cost for many vets -- the time for their self-care often comes last. 


The Clinic to 5K Run is for veterinarians (and everyone else) to help themselves shake off the lingering effects of COVID.

Running helps clear your mind, calm anxiety, tame stress, and it will help you with your focus as you juggle all the things you need to juggle in your day-to-day.


Relief Rover wants to help struggling veterinarians, so $10 for every runner will be donated to Not One More Vet, Inc (NOMV) - an organization helping veterinary professionals in crisis.


The Relief Rover Clinic to 5K Virtual Run offers runners and walkers the chance to participate in a 5k at their leisure while knowing that they are helping others.


All entrants will receive the Relief Rover Clinic to 5K Virtual Run Series logo medal, the series logo race bib, and a series logo running cap. The medals, bibs, and caps are Made in the U.S.A.


Charitable beneficiaries of the Relief Rover Clinic to 5K Virtual Run include Not One More Vet, Inc (NOMV). Registrants will have an opportunity to make additional donations to other charities, including Pride VMC and the Stryder Cancer Foundation.


Relief Rover Clinic to 5K:

5k: run or walk any time that works for you or join us on any day in our official one-week window from July 24 - 31.


Summer Challenge: a summer activity to challenge your heart and body. It starts on May 15th and ends on July 31st, 2021.


Registration for Virtual 5k:

$35 - Starting June 1st


You pick the date. You pick your route. You have your FUN knowing you are helping support mental health in the veterinary profession!


Learn More and Join Us:



Connect with Cindy and Juli



Here's the link to Cindy's first interview on "Why Do Pets Matter?"


Kelly Baltzell - Communicating with Self-Awareness and Accountability on “Why Do Pets Matter?” hosted by Debra Hamilton #179

Kelly Baltzell - Communicating with Self-Awareness and Accountability on “Why Do Pets Matter?” hosted by Debra Hamilton #179

June 3, 2021

Kelly Baltzell, founder of Beyond Indigo, a marketing agency that helps progressive pet service providers get the word out about their businesses "to get more tails through the door" is joining us during this episode of "Why Do Pets Matter?"

Beyond our never-ending passion for pets and the unconditional love they have for their people, we are both passionate about human communication.

The kind of communication that reflects self-awareness, honesty, accountability, responsibility, and forgiveness -- first with ourselves and then with others. 

In 2020 Kelly and I hosted a highly successful workshop called "Speaking The Right Words" to help professionals navigate their way through "reactive communications" while giving them tools to converse with others in a way that wouldn't be perceived as "offensive" -- a way of having empowering and curious discussions that lead to collaborative outcomes without being quagmired in defensiveness and negativity.


About Kelly Baltzell, M.A.

Kelly is President and CEO of the Beyond Indigo family of companies, which she founded in 1997. Under her leadership, Beyond Indigo companies have developed all types of veterinary websites (small animal, exotic, specialty, equine, mixed animal) that now reach millions of people each year in multiple countries.

As of 2013, Beyond Indigo Pets has worked closely with AAHA as a preferred provider, and in 2015 took part in their new Member Value Program for websites and marketing.

Since 2015, Beyond Indigo has been a certified Google AdWords Partner, and works directly with Google.

Additionally, Kelly has been a monthly columnist for AAHA Marketlink since 2011. She has also spoken and been published in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the UK.

Kelly speaks frequently about marketing trends and website design at national and international conventions and private functions. Her goal is to keep people up-to-date with the latest information on digital marketing in an easy-to-understand manner. Kelly’s 20-years of experience, passion, and visionary approach to the industry make her an unparalleled leader in internet marketing.

Kelly graduated from George Washington University with a degree in international affairs and economics and received her master’s degree in counseling and psychology from St. Mary’s. Kelly is a proud parent, currently living with her family in Minnesota.


Connect with Kelly:




Ana Melara, CPDT-KA — Grace Dog Training and Behavior on “Why Do Pets Matter?” hosted by Debra Hamilton #178

Ana Melara, CPDT-KA — Grace Dog Training and Behavior on “Why Do Pets Matter?” hosted by Debra Hamilton #178

May 27, 2021

We're in for a real treat today! Ana Melara from Grace Dog Training and Behavior joins us today with some amazing nuggets that will help us take a step back, evaluate where we and our dogs are at in training, how to get the most out of the training and how we can create an even better relationship with our dogs.

About Ana Melara, CPDT-KA:

Ana Melara has been working with dogs and their families for over two decades, originally in N.Y.C. and since 2001 here in Colorado.

She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and member of the (APDT) Association of Professional Dog Trainers and a member of (IAABC) International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She is TAGteach Advanced Certified. (This means that she’s also very good at teaching people.)

She keeps herself current by attending and hosting various workshops, seminars and conferences. Her training techniques are founded on praise-based, dog-friendly and people-friendly methods, and a fundamental belief that, as dog guardians, we are responsible for their well-being and training. Whether she is teaching basic manners, puppy house-training or addressing a dog’s aggression issues, Ana emphasizes to all of her human clients the profound importance that their gentle guidance and loving leadership plays in their dog’s training.

Ana lives in Lakewood with her daughter and her three amazing dogs. Chaka, her 6 year old, brilliant, silly, crazy-pants trick dog; Tatonka, her sweet 12-ish year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier who has gone from nervous, bitey and growly to happily and waggly; and her youngest infant son, Baldr, a sweet, baby Malinois/GSD X who has appointed himself as the family therapist while dragging around his queen-sized woobie.

Ana can be reached by emailing Ana@GraceDog.com, or calling 303-238-DOGS(3647).

Connect with Ana:






Cathy Madson - Transitioning Back To Work with Pandemic Puppies on “Why Do Pets Matter?” hosted by Debra Hamilton #177

Cathy Madson - Transitioning Back To Work with Pandemic Puppies on “Why Do Pets Matter?” hosted by Debra Hamilton #177

May 20, 2021

This week the fabulous Cathy Madson returns to "Why Do Pets Matter?" to speak with us about transitioning back to work with a Pandemic Puppy, how training your dog becomes far more doable when you break it into bite-sized steps, consulting with behaviorists and vets when your dog has behavior issues, and virtual support communities to connect with -- including the resources at PreventiveVet.com.

She is a Certified Behavior Consultant and professional dog trainer from PreventiveVet.

Last month, April 2021, she spoke with us about how to acclimate your dog to being alone right now to help ease the transition for those of us who are returning to work in the near future.

More About Cathy Madson, MA, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA

Cathy Madson became a certified dog trainer in 2008, but she likes to think that her career began when she was six years old and a stray wandered into her yard and became her first dog companion.

She completed her CPDT-KA certification in 2017 and her CBCC-KA certification in 2019. Cathy is a Fear Free Certified Certified Professional, a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), and a training professional member of The Pet Professional Guild (PPG). She's also a member of the Dog Writer's Association of America.

Cathy loves to geek out at dog behavior and training conferences. As Preventive Vet's dog trainer on staff, Cathy focuses on helping humans and their pets build a strong relationship based on trust, clear communication, and the use of positive reinforcement training methods. Her specialties include canine separation anxiety, leash reactivity, and dog aggression. When she's not working, you can usually find her paddle boarding or knitting yet another dog sweater for Sookie, her Welsh Cardigan Corgi.


YouTube of our latest Yappy Hour: From Pandemic to Pupstanding! https://youtu.be/Y3eBeEbwxwE

Puppy Essentials and Dog Training Essentials Workshops - https://www.PupstandingAcademy.com



Connect with Cathy:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PreventiveVet
YouTube: https://youtube.com/c/Preventivevet
Twitter: @PreventiveVet
Instagram: @PreventiveVet

Krista Karpowich - Wag Out Loud Pawdcast on “Why Do Pets Matter?” hosted by Debra Hamilton #176

Krista Karpowich - Wag Out Loud Pawdcast on “Why Do Pets Matter?” hosted by Debra Hamilton #176

May 13, 2021

During this episode of “Why Do Pets Matter?” we’re speaking with Krista Karpowich, owner and podcaster at Wag Out Loud, a podcast that is focused on canine health, nutrition, and well-being.


About Krista Karpowich

Krista Karpowich owns Wag Out Loud, LLC and is the host of the weekly Wag Out Loud pawdcast, a show focusing on canine health, nutrition and overall well-being.

After receiving her certification in canine nutrition and noticing that most dogs are getting sicker and living shorter lives, Krista became obsessed with bringing experts and dog enthusiasts together in committed community to enhance the bond with our dogs, help them live longer and be as happy and healthy as possible.

Krista has also launched the new Wag Out Loud LTOs Show (LTO standing for Limited Time Offers) which is a live stream shopping show for the best dog related products.


Connect With Krista






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